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Parchment shocks Holloway to win 110m hurdles

  • Published at 01:29 pm August 5th, 2021
Jamaica's Hansle Parchment (L) crosses the finish line to win ahead of USA's Devon Allen in the men's 110m hurdles final at the Tokyo Olympics Thursday AFP

Parchment, 31, surged ahead to win in a season-best time of 13.04

Jamaican Hansle Parchment delivered one of the biggest shocks of the Tokyo Olympics athletics competition by beating world champion Grant Holloway in the men's 110m hurdles final Thursday.

Holloway had not lost a hurdles race since August last year and was the overwhelming favorite after breaking the world indoor record over 60m hurdles this year and missing the 110m record by one-hundredth of a second at the US Olympic trials.

The 23-year old burst out of the blocks and looked set for gold until losing momentum over the final two hurdles.

Parchment, 31, surged past him to win in a season-best time of 13.04 and add the gold medal to his London Olympic bronze.

Holloway came home in 13.09 to take silver with Jamaican Ronald Levy third in 13.10.

Parchment was stunned to have toppled Holloway.

The man who was supposed to pose the biggest challenge to Holloway in Tokyo was not in the race. 

Omar McLeod, the 2016 Olympic champion, hit the first hurdle at the Jamaican trials in late June and failed to make the cut.

Parchment did not run a 110 hurdles race at all last year due to injury.

In his first race in 2021 he clocked 13.49 in June, his time again affected by injury.

Parchment was only third at the trials and finished second in his heat and semi-final in Tokyo but managed to bring his best when it mattered to ensure the gold medal will remain in Jamaica.

The United States has dominated the 110 hurdles at the Olympics, winning 19 of the 28 gold medals on offer before Tokyo.

On a hot and humid morning at the Olympic Stadium, Holloway came into the race under considerable pressure.

The United States have won a gold medal in a men's individual running event at every Olympics dating back to the inaugural Games in 1896, excluding 1980 when they boycotted.

But they have drawn a blank in Tokyo so far.

Holloway said the Olympic pressure got to him a little.